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Come Winter, when your skin inevitably loses it’s glow and your natural colour has all but faded from your face, a good blush can be your new best friend.


Whether it be a cream, a powder, or stick form, the perfect shade can bring Winter skin back to life, brighten dark circles and be the perfect fool-proof product to add to your makeup wardrobe.

The un-sung hero of makeup, blush is one of the biggest multi-taskers on the block. The right blush can warm up your complexion, create the illusion of cheekbones, and even make you look younger. That aside, choosing the right shade for your skin colour and under tone can be a little tricky.

To make it easy I have chosen 10 of my favourite colours and broken them up into fair, medium and dark skin types and given you a little insight into whether or not they look great on warm or cool skin tones.


NARS Highlighter Blush

If it’s going to be nude make it glow I say. NAS Highlighter Blush is perfect for blush virgins in the fairer skin types. Whether you’re a warm or cool skin tone this colour will add a subtle creamy hue of buttery colour that will make skin glow. TipWear high on the apples of the cheeks to sculpt and lift cheeks. 


Yves Saint Laurent Crème de Blush in Velvety Peach

YSL’s Creme De Blush in Velvet Peach is a light semi-sheer cream that transforms to the most delicious velvety powder as it blends across the cheekbone. Velvet Peach is light reflecting minus the sparkles illuminating cheekbones and Winter Skin in a subtle coral-peach colour. Perfect for cool or warm skin tones through light to medium skin colours. TipBlend over the top of bronzer on warm medium though olive skin tones for the Victoria’s Secret glow!



Luma Soft Peach Blush

Anybody can put on peach blush and look fantastic, which is why you’ll see this shade as one of the most popular across multiple skin tones. On fair skin, peach is especially flattering if your complexion has yellow undertones. TipIf you suffer from dark circles or feel you look tired, apply this radiant poppy peach high on the cheekbones to attract and reflect light into the eyes. Warm with your fingers to get a more lived in finish!



NARS The Multiple in Orgasm

I love Nars’s ‘The Multiple in Orgasm’. It’s the perfect balance of rosy pink colour with a hint of gold making it also work as a highlighter for your cheekbones. I believe it can work on pretty much all skin tones, both warm and cool, which is why it has been one of the most popular blushes in the last few years, even when blush was not on trend.



Becca Mineral Blush in Gypsy

Best suited for warmer toned skin types that sit in medium through to darker colourings. A delicate luminous mineral blush that glides effortlessly over any skin type (oily through to dry) for a long lasting romantic hue. TipBrush colour off the apples of the cheeks and down through the contours of the cheeks as a Winter alternative to bronzer!


Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Love Glow

Charlotte Tilbury’s pinky-peach blush gives a luminous colour to brighten, while the more neutral colour that surrounds the compact works beautifully to give the face depth and dimension with just the right amount of shimmer to make your cheekbones glimmer. Im yet to find a skin colour or tone this blusher doesn’t love!



Tom Ford Blush in Wicked

If anyone can make this poppy pink shade work in a modern way it’s Tom Ford. I actually can’t get enough of this super soft blend able colour on fair skin types when I’m doing a statement eye -bright or dark- or lip – any shade other than orange! I don’t know what it is but it just brings everything together making the boldness of the eye or lip colour look right at home -like it actually belongs there. Tip; Concentrate the colour higher and further back on the cheekbone towards the temple rather than on the apples of the cheeks. Tom, you’ve done it again!  



Pot Rouge For Lips & Cheeks in Milk Chocolate

The perfect Winter bronzer substitute for warm toned skin that sits between the medium through to darker colourings. What sets this creamy chocolate goodness apart from the rest is it’s blending capabilities – it just melts onto the skin and can be worked into the skin using your fingers tips making the skin and the blush become one. Tip; I love to colour co-ordinate with this Mediterranean touch of sunshine and blend through the contours of the eyes to enhance shape and eye colour in a non makeup, makeup way! 




Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Orange

My go-to colour for medium through to darker skin types when I want a skin kissed glow. Don’t be afraid of how punchy this colour looks in the palette as it is quite sheer and extremely glowy on the skin due to the gold luminescent particles that catch and reflect light off the face and into the eyes. TipBrush brush across the cheekbone and over the nose for cute golden goddess sun-kissed  look. 



By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush Blush Cheek Color in Boho Flirt

Plum cheeks can make a bold lip look more at home or be the perfect statement feature for those that don’t like to wear a lot of makeup! Boho flirt is delicate satin finish blush that creates a defused hue of romantic colour on all skin colourings and undertones – just gauge the amount you apply to suit.


Photographer; Justin Ridler for Maxmade.ocm.au, Hair & Makeup; Max May, Model; Estelle Chen At London Model Management


  1. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I am going to forward this information to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a great read. Thanks for

  2. max says:

    Thank you for listening or should I say reading! I love blush and the power the right colour can have! Stay in touch xxMM

  3. JC says:

    hi Max, the pic of the Charlotte T blush looks more like ecstasy but the colour in the text is love glow. Not being able to test the product in person i was wanting to know which you prefer? Thanks

  4. Kim says:

    Thanks for your brilliant recommendations – with slightly rosy cheeks and fair skin, blusher is something I have traditionally struggled to get right. I’m going to give a couple of these a go though! Thanks x

  5. max says:

    I love Love Glow. It works on so many skin types. I love how it adds colour and brightens the eyes so much. give it a go and
    ket me know what you think. xxxMM

  6. Chrystal says:

    Hi Max
    I have been following you for a while and love your work and recommendations,
    I was just wondering what was a good blush/highlight to use on the older skintypes 🙂

  7. max says:

    Hi Chrystal… Thanks for following and writing.

    I would suggest using a blush that is not too sparkly. My favourite are YSL, Paula’s Choice, Charlotte Tilbury ( she does 2x toned shades perfect for contouring & adding colour) and finally NARS.

    Let me know how you go xxMM

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